In this content, Travel Clinic continues to provide informatory vaccination knowledge for travellers all around the world. And we’ll be focusing on vaccination recommendations for Philippines travellers.
Philippines is a southeastern Asian archipelago that is made up of about 7,100 islands. It has its country capital in Manila. There are a lot of exciting sites to visit when in Philippines. First, your holiday to Philippines may be incomplete without checking out one of their beautiful beaches. Also, tourists would love to visit the historical sites in the archipelago and explore the wonder natural richness of the country. Philippines is home to severe natural parks and wonderful hotels and resorts such as the Seda Bonifacio City, New World Makati Hotel, City Garden Grand Hotel amongst many other five star hotels and resort centers.
However, before departing to enjoy the amazing hidden islands of Philippines and their amazing Filipino hot chocolate, it is necessary that you equip yourself with the right vaccination and health knowledge for every Philippines traveller.
It’s necessary for some Philippines travellers to be vaccinated for the following diseases: Cholera, Rabies, Hepatitis B, and Japanese Encephalitis.
However, for most travellers, typhoid and hepatitis A vaccinations should be taken.
And it is important for every traveller to take routine shots or vaccinations. The routine shots could be MMR and DTaP, among other vaccination shots.
Yellow Fever: it is good news that the yellow fever has no threat presence in Philippines. Although, if you are a traveller from a country with a yellow fever threat, you would probably have to get an ICVP – International Certificate of Vaccination.
Although the yellow fever has an absent status in Philippines, it remains a very serious and widespread disease. It is known to be commonly spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of south America and in Africa also. This is the reason why the International Health Regulations of 2005, recommends that travelers who have been to a yellow fever affected area or may have travelled through the airport of such country should find it necessary that they show the ICVP – International Certificate of Vaccination, before they are granted passage into Philippines.
Malaria: is a prevalent risk disease in Philippines. There is a relative increase in the risk of having malaria across the entire areas of Philippines, especially areas below 600 meters.
However, there is a very minimal or zero threat of malaria in very big urban areas such as the provinces of : Sorsogon, Bohol, Aklan, Benguet, Capiz, Ilolio, Siquijor, Surigao De Norte, Camiguin, Leyte, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Albay, Masbate, Cebu, East West and North Samar, Cavite, Bilaran, Guimara, Benguet and some other big urban areas.
We will highlight some more details of the illness – malaria, below.
It is quite a common and widespread illness that is spread throughout the tropical world. It’s is caused by mosquito bites usually between the time range of dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active. The symptoms of malaria are high fever, severe joint and muscle pains. Malaria, although common, can be very deadly if proper care is not taken.
The best and most effective way to avoid the risk of malaria illness is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. This is advisably done by spraying insecticides, rubbing your body with mosquito repellent lotions or simply covering your whole body with long clothes and your feet with socks etc.
Another effective solution is to visit your doctor the moment you feel any symptoms of the threat illness. Your doctor should administer certain medications to you if the need arises. But do not embark on self medication, it could worsen a minor problem and increase the cost of treatment.
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised if you want to travel to Philippines.
|Vaccination type||Some travelers||Most travelers||All travelers||Primary Threat agents||Disease||Estimate cost per dosage|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected animals||Rabies, course of three||£ 90|
|Cholera||Yes||Contaminated food or water||Two weeks before travel. Two doses||£ 35|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated food or water||Hepatitis A, for single dose||£ 60|
|MMR||Yes||Individual to individual contact||Mumps, rubella and measles. Course of Two||£ 100|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Medical interventions and body fluids||Hepatitis B. Course of Three||£ 80|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated food and water||Typhoid. One dose||£ 95|
|Japanese Encephalitis||Yes||Mosquitoes||Japanese encephalitis. A course of Two.||£ 150|
|DTaP||Yes||Individual to individual contact||Polio, diphtheria and tetanus. One dose||£ 85|
It is very much advisable to avoid walking along narrow streets when it is late. Also, crowded boats are not safe, be cautious.
Be careful when it comes to the water you drink. Local water there is not advisable to drink. It’s best to just stick with bottled water.
Schistosomiasis: this is a flat worm disease that may be contacted through contaminated water sources. It’s best to seek medical help if you observe that you have been exposed to this disease or contaminated water, either from their local rivers, streams, lakes or even in a local restaurant that may have washed their food with contaminated water.
Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes or any other insects both during daylight and at night so as to prevent illnesses such as dengue fever and malaria. Make sure to see your doctor for dengue fever and malaria precaution methods before leaving for Philippines.
As you make plans to enjoy the fun activities in Philippines, make sure you have an health insurance plan that will cover all these activities you intend to do.
Prepare for environmental contingencies: as you would be visiting a new country, probably for the first time, make sure you know vital Information concerning the climate, season, weather, etc. So that you would be better prepared. Also, you may need to prepare for altitude sickness as some places in Philippines could be as high as 2,500 meters and above. Hence, you would need to take counter altitude sickness medication for both your climbing and sleeping altitudes issues.
No two individuals are exactly the same, both physically and physiologically. Hence, every traveller should visit a travel health expert for a personal risk assessment. It is during this evaluation that details such as lifestyle threats, occupational risks, medical state, previous vaccination record and other itinerary threat factors would be considered and analyzed. If certain vaccinations, medications and injections are needed, your doctor would determine them.
At Travel Clinic, we are here to attend to all your travel vaccination enquiries. We have tons of expert recommendations for you today! Why don’t you schedule an appointment with us at Travel Clinic before you leave for any country. We will supply you with the adequate health information on vaccinations, medications and precautions that you need to know before you travel to Philippines or to any other country that you desire to visit.
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